What are my cats trying to tell me?
September 9, 2013 3:43 PM Subscribe
I know one of you speaks Cat. I can get along in Cat but I can't claim fluency. What are they saying in response to my coughs? Their affect kind of makes me think that they feel like they *should* respond but they're not really invested in the response, kind of like saying "bread and butter" when you and your walking partner pass on either side of an obstruction, not because you're really superstitious but because it's de rigeur.
Cosgrove and Little Kiwi
posted by janey47 to pets & animals (14 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
are pretty chatty, and I normally can get what they're saying from context.
But they reliably grunt something, or rather, mutter something under their breath, when I cough. Not sneeze, but cough. Sneeze results in them running away. Is this some kind of kitty "salud"?
Also, I read an article a few years ago distinguishing "me" from "ow" in the "meow", and describing the effect of the slow blink, but I've forgotten all of it now. Can anyone direct me to a cat language primer?